Getting Older and Out of Work
A reader, with the nickname ‘Xmfclick‘, posted this article about Getting Older, in response to our article called Will they still want me?
I am 46 and been out for nearly 3 years apart from 2 months at one company and 6 months with a small software house that went bust.
I’ve managed to get a few weeks’ freelance work for a couple of small local companies, but that’s all.
However, I’ve no major work at the moment and few prospects.
Your experience rang very true in just about every way. I also have no pension, having put money into PEPs and ISAs.
So, I now feel very angry that, if it had gone into a pension, I’d be able to get benefit. However, because they count it as ‘savings’ I have to use it all up. This was a massive con by successive governments).
In the meantime I’ve stacked shelves at Tesco’s (mind-numbing) and answered on of those “Car Owners – Make £600 per week!” ads, which turned out to be for a large double-glazing company. If you thought IT salesmen were sharks, you should see some of the tactics double-glazing salesmen get taught. I lasted 3 weeks!
The biggest problem I’ve had has been maintaining my morale and trying to stop my skills from going rusty.
Re the latter, I volunteered my time with a local community group to re-develop their website.
So, you may well be able to do something similar if you’re out of work and getting older.
Keep Limited Company Going
A question I’d like people’s thoughts on. Is it worth keeping the Limited Company going?
It’s just costing me accountancy fees at the moment. If I do get a contract, what with IR35 etc., will it be worth being a Limited Company anyway?
Anyway, best wishes and let’s hope we all get back into work soon.
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